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Animal wellness group leader: Animal fighting is a problem, albeit an underground one, in NC

A cockfight at one of the oldest cockfighting arenas in Puerto Rico, the Gallera Borinquén in the municipality of Arecibo.
Erika P. Rodríguez for NPR
Erika P. Rodríguez for NPR
File: A cockfight at one of the oldest cockfighting arenas in Puerto Rico.

Nash County Deputies arrested and charged three men just over a week ago for cockfighting, after getting an anonymous tip about the event.

When they arrived, deputies said they found 20-to-30 vehicles parked along the edge of a grassy field behind the home.

PRE’s Annette Weston-Riggs spoke to the head of an animal wellness group, who said underground animal fighting is a problem in North Carolina.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to